“So, how long have you been doing this?” is my favorite question asked of my makeup clients. I love it because I could say I’ve been doing it since I was 5 years old or, give them the professional answer – it’s been over 10 years since I’ve started doing makeup professionally. Since I’m ‘Professional Shannon’ when on a paying job, my clients learn that I’ve been doing makeup professionally since 2005.
Strangely, I have a completely different answer for myself. I’ve only been a makeup artist entrepreneur since 2012. Your Beauty Ball, my St. Louis based hair and makeup services company, was started that year to help pay my way through esthetics school.
That was the “why” I needed to get my butt in gear.
Sure I loved doing makeup, but why keep doing it? In my new business, I was doing as many weddings as possible and partnering with talented makeup and hair stylists to get them done. Doing bridal makeup was fulfilling, rewarding and it helped pay my esthetics school tuition. Earning my esthetics license and becoming a licensed esthetician has led to even more career opportunities and knowledge that needed for this industry. And it’s what keeps me going now.
But here’s how it started.
Going back to mini-me at 5 years old, makeup was pure fun for me. Beyond playing Pretty Pretty Princess with my best friends, I adored dance and my dance recitals. I loved the costumes, playing dress-up and getting to wear makeup for the performances. This is where my “why” originally came from.
That 5 year old girl still lives inside me today.
Desire to grow as a girl, play dress-up, do makeup, style hair and make other women feel better about themselves drives me to succeed every single day. This passion took me from doing my dance team’s hair and makeup to owning my very own company today.
I can finally say I’m proud, but it’s not easy.
As with anything, it was super uncomfortable for me to start my makeup company. I was so awkward walking into esthetics school at 27 years old. Shoot, writing this blog right now is totally out of my comfort zone. Basically, the hardest thing to do is to start. The next hardest thing is to keep going.
Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion says it best: Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.
My takeaway from this is, as an entrepreneur or a person with a goal, you must keep your own ball rolling. Any external forces you allow to apply to yourself and your career should only propel it faster, stronger, better. Don’t let anything stop you. I know I won’t.